Summer Series 4 – 16th June 2019

It was quite a wind this morning, blowing SW 10-16 mph, but very gusty. Richard S set the first mark as X, then 2,4,9,5,6,7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were just 11 starters, which perhaps was not surprising being Father’s Day (some of us were down the pub having a Sunday roast!)

At the end of the first lap early starter Jewels led the old man both in Mirrors,  Jon (Laser) was 3rd and Newton & Ellen (RS200) were 4th despite a capsize rounding 9. Dave & Ann (Leader) were 5th and being rapidly caught by Julian B (D-Zero) and at the gun Julian had caught and passed everyone to take 1st place. The final order was –

1st Julian; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Ron; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th Jon; 6th Adrian (Rooster)

Handicap Race

Ralph and Karen (who had both retired in the earlier race) decided to give this one a miss, so the fleet was down to nine. Richard shortened the course taking 3 and 2 out and using 4 as the first mark.

Ellen & Newton were first back through the line not far ahead of Jon in 2nd place and Julian in 3rd. Adrian came though in 4th about 30 seconds ahead of Dean & Nick (Vago) and they were a minute ahead of Ron who was a minute ahead of Jewels. Chris H (Comet) was battling away at the back of the fleet.  The conditions were probably even trickier for this second race and Mike C & Sally (Leader) gracefully retired.

The only change on the second lap was Adrian passing Julian to move to 3rd and the only changes on the third lap were the retirements of Julian and Chris (who missed a mark).  The two Mirrors of Ron and Jewels were finished at the end of this lap.

There were no surprises on the last lap and the final order on the water was –

1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Jon; 3rd Adrian; 4th Dean & Nick and one lap down 5th Ron and 6th Jewels.

On corrected time this becomes –

1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Ron; 3rd Jon; 4th Dean & Nick; 5th Jewels; 6th Adrian.

Thanks to Richard S and the OOD Team of Alistair J, Alistair S and Richard H, that could have led to some confusion but they coped admirably.